This info last updated Feb 27th 2019.
SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Berkeley Books of Paris (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.
Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.
Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.
Check next week’s theme here
AWOL Writers’ Group
Sunday evenings, usually 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Berkeley Books. Time sometimes varies so check here. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield, Simon Millward and Thibaut Narme. Description. Join us afterwards for a drink.
Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.
Dylan Harris, https://dylanharris.org/, is Luxembourgish. He was born in blighty before Sputnik first flew. His recent poetry collection is big town blues (published by the UK’s Knives Forks and Spoons Press), which unites Dublin & Paris in one book. His profession involves swearing at computers
Rufo Quintavalle was born in London in 1978, studied at Oxford and the University of Iowa and has lived in Paris for the last fifteen years. He is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent of which, hhereenow, is published by corrupt press in Luxembourg. A new and selected poems will be published by Ravenna Press in Washington State later this year. He has taught creative writing at NYU Paris and for many years ran the reading series, Poets Live. He is also an environmentalist and is involved in a large scale reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon. Poems are on YouTube (Rufo Q) or Facebook (@rufoparis). Trees are here: http://www.art2030.org/projects/planet-art
Jamika Ajalon is a prolific author and inter-disciplinary artist who works with different mediums independently, but also in multiple fusions- incorporating written and spoken text, sound/music, and visuals. Her poems, stories and essays have been published in various digital and hard copy publications internationally. She currently writes a regular column for Itchy Silk magazine “queer plume: the fugitive diaries”, guest lecturer , (including Vienna Arts Academy, and American University of Paris), vocalist, writer musician, (Zenzile/Jamika & the Argonauts). She has performed her audio visual anti lectures / sonic slam and exhibited across the globe (including Rennes Biennale of contemporary art,(2018), DISTURBANCE expo Kunsthalle Leipzig,(2017), Beton Salon, Paris (2017). She has a BA Film/Video, MA Communications in Culture and Society, Goldsmiths University, London.
We are glad to announce that Nick Calderbank and Florent Simon will perform Harold Pinter’s 2-man play Victoria Station this coming Monday 25th Feb at SpokenWord.
Nick Calderbank is the founder of the On Stage theatre company and New Open Space producing plays in English in Paris by Pinter, Shakespeare, Mamet and Ayckbourn. In recent times he has been concentrating on writing and performing his own material
Florent Simon trained at the Cours Jean-Laurent Cochet in Paris and Estudio 3 in Madrid. He directed and acted in various university productions while studying in London and is now back in Paris, ready to make the most of his time here. Currently he is exploring new theatrical forms and experiences.
SpokenWord theme: STATIONS
David Barnes & Antonia Klimenko
Antonia was first introduced on the BBC and to the literary world by the legendary James Meary Tambimuttu of Poetry London—publisher of T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Henry Miller and Bob Dylan, to name a few. The former San Francisco Poetry Slam Champion is widely published. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies (among them) XXI Century World Literature (in which she represents France) and Maintenant : Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art archived at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She is the recent recipient of two grants: one from Poets in Need, of which Michael (100 Thousand Poets for Change) Rothenberg is a co-founder; the second—the 2018 Generosity Award bestowed on her by Kathleen Spivack and Josheph Murray for her outstanding service to international writers through SpokenWord Paris where she is Writer/ Poet in Residence.
Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Pennsylvania and did her literary studies at universities in the US, Switzerland and Spain. She emigrated from the US to Switzerland in 1973 and moved to Paris in 1990. Active in the Parisian poetry scene, she was a long time student of Alice Notley, and, for a few years, curated the Poets Live reading series. Her latest collections of poetry are ORANGES IN JANUARY (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2016) and IN A FORM OF SUSPENSION (corrupt press, 2014) and she has 4 previous collections. She is a contributing editor to the British magazine, Tears in the Fence and the American magazine, Osiris. She lives in Strasbourg, writes and goes to lots of concerts and the theater. She dreams of buying a harp.
Photo Credit: Sabine Dundure Photography
Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include 2 seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, NPR’s Snap Judgement & MTV’s Free Your Mind. The Kenyon Review named Regie Cabico the “Lady Gaga of Poetry” and he has been listed in BUST magazine’s 100 Men We Love. Cabico is the recipient of a 2006 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award for his work teaching poetry at Bellevue Hospital for young adults. He most recently edited Super Stoked: An Anthology of Trans and Queer Poetry (Capturing Fire Press, 2018) .
“Dareka performs his poetry since 2005 in France, then in USA, and everywhere his feet can land on. He is now traveling through France and Europe, and the world when he has the time and the chance to do so, to satisfy his thirst for poetry. He has hosted the most popular Paris poetry weekly French venue, “Slam au Downtown”, for two years when he wasn’t rocking the stage with his experimental fusion punk jazz spoken word band, La Bête Aveugle. He is now signed into the young and dynamic music label En Garde! Records both with his band and as a solo artist.
In December 2018, he released his book « Tourbillons » (Whirlwinds), Xérographes Editions, in collaboration with Gaspard, a young graduate from the Beaux Arts de Paris. Both a collection of poems and a punk fantasy illustrations book, it represents an elegant synthesis of Dareka’s poems, once performed, sung, screamed, whispered or simply written without having ever been read out loud. Just as his life, his poems are metamorphic animals, and he’s a zoo keeper in hell. They are trees and buildings, little skeletons dancing under the moonlight, lonely kids lost in urban mazes, sewing needles stuck in his frail stupid little heart. They are maelstrom of rhymes, soda drinks in a night bar, for a drunken public. They are you, they are him, they are life and death kissing in a blink, but it does not really matter.”
Matt Jones has studied monster lore in Afghanistan, China, Nicaragua, France, Canada and on a warship: Some monsters we discover abroad; others we carry with us. He was the winner of Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year Reader’s Choice Award for his poem, “Wounded Village.” His story, “Drone,” was published in F(r)iction magazine #9. Today, Matt lives in Paris and works as the prose editor of Paris Lit Up Magazine. He writes books about giant octopuses, Bigfoot, and other fabulous beasts.
Just some of the poets, singers, comedians and regulars at SpokenWord Paris last year. c/o Sabine Dundure – more of her work here.